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˙ūtestles and chaplets referred to below; Kalioyi Gadabas; who are

the only section which will touch a horse (professional pallaki  

bearers naturally have no love for the rival animal) and are

condemned by the others accordingly; and Kapu and Kattiri

Gadabas who are the more civilized sections living on or near the

plains. Each of these sub divisions is again split into totemastic

septs, but some of the low country Gadabas have abandoned


The tribals of Rajacheruvu Valasa are not aware of the

existence of so many sub divisions among Gadabas. According

to them there are only two types of Gadabas, namely, Kattira

Gadabas and Guru Gadabas. They are separate tribes. They

speak different languages. There are no common words in their

two languages. They are both endogamous. They do not inter-dine

or inter marry. Both tribe* live together, sometimes* in the same

village. But the Guru Gadabas live in rows of houses separate

from the Kattira Gadabas.

The tribals of Rajacheruvu Valasa are Kattira Gadabas

They are spread over Parvatiparam, Salur, Srungavarapukota and

Viziaaagaram taluks. They inter dine and intermarry. They

speak a common language. Guru Gadabas also inhabit these

taluks; sometimes, the same village. But they live in a separate

row of houses from the Kattira Gadabas. However there is na

rivalry or enmity between them.

"Guru" Gadabas are not mentioned in the Gazetter, 1369;

bat k'B;>do" Gadabas are mentioned.   The probable explanation

may be, the Gidabas in Telugu -speaking areas are known as

Guru Gadabas, and those in Oriya-speaking areas as Bodo

Gadabas because "bodo" is the Oriya equivalent of "Guru" in the

Telugu language.

Both Guru Gadabas and Kattira Gadabas have migrated

to the plains long ago.   The others still inhabit the deep forests.